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Among elected mayors, promoting agriculture is a top goal.

When they take office after noon on June 30, 2022, the newly elected mayors of Laua-an and San Remigio set their sights on promoting agri-tourism locations and providing basic services.

In an interview on Wednesday, Laua-an returning mayor Aser Baladjay said he hopes to revitalize the agri-tourism industry in their municipality, which was nicknamed the “Muscovado Capital” of Antique when he was mayor in 2008.

“Our municipality was famed for its muscovado or brown sugar production because we had various actions launched to promote the business during my period as mayor,” he said.

Sugarcane cultivation has taken over several hectares of land in Laua-an.

Between 2004 and 2013, some existing sugar mills enticed tourists to come learn how to produce “bandi,” or melted muscovado with peanut garnishing.

“We’d also like to advertise our coastal area as a place where tourists can come and engage in fishing activities with the assistance of our local fishermen,” Baladjay said.

He also mentioned that travelers can enjoy waterfalls.

According to Baladjay, the village of Laua-an will once again become a popular destination for travelers in the region, boosting local income.

Improving health services by recruiting more midwives for health stations, as well as completing public markets in the town proper and Barangay Guisijan, are among his top priorities.

San Remigio reelectionist mayor Margarito Mission Jr. noted in a separate interview that because their town is renowned as “Little Baguio” due to its cold environment, particularly in the upland barangay of Aningalan, development in the area will move forward.

“We’re going to build a hotel and other amenities that will be run by our local government unit,” he explained.

“I’m also requesting an additional PHP50 million from the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict so that the road to Barangay Bulan-bulan, which it has already partially funded,” he said.

Because to the presence of the New People’s Army, San Remigio is one of two municipalities in the province designated as ELCAC priority locations.

Mission believes that the road will be crucial to the inhabitants of the distant barangay’s peace, order, and economic development.

In Mission’s second term, establishing a local water work system to ensure dependable availability to potable water would be a top priority.

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